Originally posted by Bosse de NageMaybe, but consciousness is useful in itself. One could say everything that exists is a side effect of the increase in entropy, but that's not very helpful. We are conscious because it helps us survive and thrive and ultimately reproduce. Specifically, maybe it allows us to study ourselves and do things like empathize and understand psychology.
Couldn't much the same be said of consciousness as well?
Originally posted by AThousandYoungSurely not. What is the use of isolated consciousness?
Maybe, but consciousness is useful in itself.
Originally posted by AThousandYoungIt certainly sounds possible that sleep allows us to organize thoughts.
I'm sure a better answer could be given for the dreaming as well, such as it allows the brain to sort, analyze, organize and dispose of information. I don't have any evidence of that...but it seems like a reasonable hypothesis.
Originally posted by Bosse de NageI am not entirely sure what you mean by 'isolated consciousness'. I am sure that consciousness is entirely necessary for the proper functioning of higher animals and that it is what one might term a primary function rather than a side effect. But I guess it does depend on what way you want to look at it. Dreams to a large extent are one of the brains storage and data analysis systems, what one might call a side effect is our consciousness being aware of those dreams and remembering them after waking up as I do no think that serves any useful purpose and happens infrequently anyway.
Surely not. What is the use of isolated consciousness?
Then there are people who claim to have remained conscious while dreaming. And I've read about people capable of eluding sleep and dreams via a 'higher' state of consciousness.
I want a genuine horn and ivory gate set.
Originally posted by rohmelSo I had a dream last night that one of my teeth fell out and there was a new one just emerging to take it's place!
It is an often used exercise of the brain that takes your memory and recalls everything you've seen into what seems like a movie whether it sis your childhood or anything furhther. your brain also might take your so called imagination and guess your future.